I was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. I attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where I studied journalism. Later, I became interested in writing for children, mostly to follow the example of my mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. My mother has written over fifty-seven books for children, while I have currently written over thirty-two books.
My mother and I co-authored a series for National Geographic. Our novel, WOLF STALKER, was the first work of fiction National Geographic had published in its as of then 109 year history. WOLF STALKER was nominated for the 1998 Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award and the newest and 13th book in the series, NIGHT OF THE BLACK BEAR, was launched in spring of 2007.
A recipient of the 1990 Edgar Allan Poe Award as well as the Belgium’s Children’s Choice Award for my young adult novel SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE, I was also a nominee for my third young-adult mystery, POISON. I received a 2007 Edgar nomination for her young adult novel, THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER, the first in the Sleuth Forensic Mystery series. I won the Children’s Crown Classic Award for CRICKET AND THE CRACKERBOX KID, the American Bookseller’s Association’s “Pick of the List” for my picture book, THAT NEW PET, and have been on numerous ALA Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Readers and Young Adult’s Choice lists.
Alane Ferguson author website: www.alaneferguson.com